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recipes

Grandmother Moore’s tomato relish

“Sweet Roma tomatoes, grassy licorice tarragon, thin purple eggplants and small crisp beans thrived in a series of old wine barrels that sat in the tiny square." N.M. Kelby, "White Truffles in Winter" There are two reasons why I have actually tasted recipes like today's tomato relish. The relish is the red one. Look for… Continue reading Grandmother Moore’s tomato relish

family life

Swimming with cats

"I wanted to lie in a French crib and start from scratch, learning the language from the ground floor up. I wanted to be a baby, but instead, I was an adult who talked like one, a spooky man-child demanding more than his fair share of attention. " David Sedaris, American humorist Having teen daughters means… Continue reading Swimming with cats

spiritual life

Assuming positive intent

“It is a troublesome thing, Halford, this susceptibility to affronts where none are intended.” Anne Brontë, "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" At a recent workshop associated with the journalistic part of my career, a statement made by a Millennial arrested my attention. During some rule setting that preceded a group discussion, this young woman set a… Continue reading Assuming positive intent

spiritual life, women

Be careful what you wish

“We think we know what we want, but we can never really know until we've got it. And sometimes when we have, we discover we never really wanted it in the first place - but then it's too late." Alexandra Potter, British novelist Walking past a computer where a daughter was checking out another Sims… Continue reading Be careful what you wish